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Avoiding the Veepstakes (Not Really)

Gwen's Take

With the Republican primary campaign approaching its end, and more than two weeks before the next voting, there is immense temptation to begin speculating about running mates.

I will resist. That seems the respectful thing to do when there are three other candidates who insist they are still in the race for the nomination.

Romney Delivers a Low Blow to Gingrich

On The Radar

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney struck an especially low blow at Newt Gingrich in South Carolina Tuesday: He compared the former speaker to Al Gore.
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Peeling the Onion (Or, Why Iowa and New Hampshire Really Matter)

Gwen's Take

We have by now spent so many weeks consumed with the ups and downs of Republican Presidential politics that we are in danger of misgauging its real impact, especially in these early days.

It can be easy to dismiss the Iowa caucuses. Ask “Presidents” Huckabee and Gephardt how winning there worked for them. Winning the Hawkeye State in 2008 and 1988 respectively turned out to be the high point of their campaigns.

The Skeptics vs the Cynics: And when it’s tough to make the distinction

Gwen's Take

I am a great champion of the notion that it helps to be skeptical, but hurts to be cynical. But weeks like this one make it tough to distinguish between the two.

Because I strive to maintain my balance, I toss these examples over to you, dear readers:

BREAKING: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) walks out of Vice President Biden’s budget talks.

“We've reached the point where the dynamic needs to change," Mr. Cantor said. "It is up to the president to come in and talk to the speaker.”